Who is Alexy Lanza
Alexy Javier Lanza Castillo works as an independent audiovisual director and producer, independent journalist, photographer and arts and cultural worker.
He currently lives in Chicago. He is originally from Honduras and came to the United States in 1992. He began working in construction as a carpenter, later founded his own company Martillo Construction and is affiliated to the Carpenters’ Union in Chicago.
As an activist committed to social justice, he founded an all volunteer community organization, La Voz de los de Abajo (The Voice of Those Below), which works to support the small farmer and indigenous communities in Honduras. He also collaborates with different social justice organizations nationally and internationally.
His artwork and photography have been exhibited in galleries in Chicago and Mexico. He believes in photography as a tool that allows us to better understand the reality of our visual imagination and to conserve our collective memory. His work in theater led him to explore the dynamics of street theater as an alternative means of creating a communication between the world of fantasy and the real world in which immigrants in the United States live. Performer of note include Amor America (Love America) a dramatization of the poetry of Pablo Neruda with pre-Colombian music by Raiz Viva; produced, directed and acted by Alexy Lanza.
To create a greater sensibility and to encourage the political, social and cultural participation of Latinos and Caribbeans in the United States, he founded an alternative audiovisual media group, EN EL OJO (In the Eye) Productions in which he has worked as a director, producer, cameraman, editor and host/actor.
His audiovisual work has a strong focus on themes of social justice and art and culture. His video work has been presented at universities, conferences, international forums, film festivals, schools and community centers. Video productions of note include: El Rostro en la Ventana (The Face in the Window) a television talk show for discussion, critique and analysis of the experience of Latinos and Caribbeans in the U.S. and the issue of immigration.
The Immigrants’ Spring 2006 (Primavera del Inmigrante) an historical recompilation from the marches for immigration reform in 2006; Journey to Palestine (Travesia a Palestina) documenting a visit to the occupied territories in 2002; Golpe y Contra Golpe (Coup - Counter Coup) a documentary about the first months alter the coup d’e’tat on June 28, 2009 in Honduras.
In summary, his artistic purpose focuses on the importance of the collective historical memory. In order to build a future it is necessary to remember the past so that in one form or another, a better world, more just and human and less brutal for our being, will be not only possible. but also necessary.